GALLERY: The Mission In Motion, Jonesez, The Watt Riot @ The Patch


WATCH: Critics (formerly Polaroid People), ‘Wither & Die’

Kiama pop-punk foursome Critics (formerly The Polaroid People) are about to unleash their debut EP, ‘To The Beat Of The Drunk,’ and have just released the first single and video from the release.

Check out ‘Wither & Die’ below; a seriously great-looking clip, and a very professional-sounding track. Sitting somewhere between the catchy-as-fuck hooks of The Mission In Motion, the hard-edged pop-punk breakdowns of A Day To Remember, and the more moody alternative rock of Anberlin, it’s a great track and a sign of good things to come from these guys.

The band have also uploaded four tracks off their EP onto their Purevolume site; even better news, is that you can download them all for FREE.

And in just a little bit more news, Critics will support Tonight Alive & Skyway at their Sydney (Annandale Hotel) and Wollongong (Harp Hotel) shows in July. As Radar reported yesterday, Avaine will open the Harp show.

Local Legends: THE HARP HOTEL

In terms of consistent pulling power, the Harp is probably the top venue in town.

The Corrimal St venue has arguably been the performance space that has ‘benefited’ most from the closure of other mid-sized venues in town, picking up acts that would have previously been hosted by the Oxford or Night Eats Day at Cooneys; the Harp has hosted the likes of Boy & Bear, The Jezabels, Ash Grunwald, Bodyjar, Parades, The Mission In Motion, Die! Die! Die!, and Howl in recent months, and the list of upcoming shows includes Oh Sleeper, The Chariot, Strange Talk, Pez and Maya Jupiter.

Largely dealing with tours from upcoming Australian talent – i.e. whatever you’re hearing on Triple J this week – its relationship with the team at Various Industries mean that the Harp is also usually a good place to check out local talent; Various seem to strive to put a local band or two on every gig that they can, helping local bands gain experience alongside more established acts.

A fairly classic representation of the ‘pub venue’ prevalent – but sadly in decline – in Sydney and Melbourne, it doesn’t try to be something it isn’t; a bar along one wall, a stage along the opposite wall, chairs and tables and a dancefloor between (and Buck Hunter and a pinball machine over in one corner). It’s a simple venue, but that is what makes it an effective venue. It’s a good venue for bands to play, it’s a good venue to see bands play. The sound system is great, you can see from wherever you are, you can sit down or stand up or dance, and – for some reason – it is never crowded.

Its proximity to the centre of town, to public transport and to essential amenities (i.e. McDonalds and Oporto) just helps to make the Harp one of the best venues in the area. A good lineup of bands, great facilities and an effective set-up; the Harp is a venue that you should become a little more acquainted with.

The Harp Hotel, Wollongong
124 Corrimal Street, Wollongong
See Various Industries website for info on upcoming gigs.

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